September 2018 Fitness Diary!

Saturday, Sept. 1: I decided to skip the gym today and do a decent amount of walking instead since the weather is nice and I’m feeling really sore from yesterday’s weights session. I walked about 11.5 kilometers. Not a great distance, but it beats lying in bed all day.

Sunday, Sept. 2:  Pretty much a rest day unless 5 kilometers of walking counts. It doesn’t.

Monday, Sept. 3:  A weights session after the first class of the semester: chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, and core. I’m due for a legs session.

Tuesday, Sept. 4: A 14-minute run/jog and that overdue legs workout.

Thursday, Sept. 6: Just some walking, 8.4 kilometers if my iPhone is being honest.

Friday, Sept. 7: I completed a 30-minute morning weights session: back, lats, biceps, core, and forearms. And I think I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Later in the day, it started to stiffen up, and not in a good way. Not too bad, but it resulted in me skipping my planned Saturday morning workout.

Monday, Sept.10: Back in the gym for a 43-minute weights session: chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, abs, calves, hamstrings, and thighs. My lower back still feels a little stiff at times, so I avoided exercises that used it. I’m not sure if the strain happened while doing extensions or using the squat machine. Anyway, it’s almost back to normal.

Wednesday, Sept. 12: A quick 14-minute treadmill session before breakfast.

Friday, Sept. 14: A short weights session: back, lats, biceps, lower back, biceps, calves, and a 6-minute run. It was actually a spur of the moment decision to go the gym. It was about 10 am, and I was walking home after a spot of shopping. I envisaged an evening gym visit, but didn’t think it was all that likely. Today’s workout was pretty light, and I was careful with lower back extensions after a strain last week, but it felt fine. Since the weights session wasn’t too intense, I jumped on a treadmill which shut down suddenly after a few minutes. I hopped on its neighbor for another three minutes.

Saturday, Sept. 15: A late afternoon workout some 23 hours after I last consumed food. I was surprised to find I had a lot of energy: thighs, core, chest, shoulders, and triceps. The lower back strain is history, and I’m certain it resulted from using the squat machine.

Monday, Sept. 17:  I skipped the gym after work and instead did a core and calf workout at home.

Wednesday, Sept. 19: A 25-minute cardio session in the morning as my fast was around the 16-hour mark. I recorded my lowest ever weight afterwards.

Friday, Sept. 21: A 54-minute weights session in the early afternoon: back, lats, biceps, sides, abs, lower back, lower abs, calves, hamstrings, and thighs. My iPhone told me at the end of that day that I had walked 9.6 kilometers today, but I am a little skeptical.

Saturday, Sept. 22: A really intense chest, shoulders, triceps, traps, forearms, and lower back workout. My lower back wasn’t sore from yesterday’s workout, so I punished it some more. That was followed by 26 treadmill minutes. I walked another 10 kilometers afterwards:

Sunday, Sept. 23: I walked around 10 kilometres in the early afternoon while listening to some John Williams played on piano and by a small chamber orchestra.

Monday, Sept. 24: My gym is closed, so I walked 20.3 kilometers. I also did a couple of sets of side raises and lower back extensions.

Tuesday, Sept 25: My gym is still closed, so I continued walking around unfamiliar neighbourhoods of Seoul while listening to familiar music. The kilometer count according to my iPhone was 13.8.

Friday. Sept. 28: Back in the gym for a weights session: back, biceps, lats, forearms, calves, and core.

Saturday, Sept 29:  A short but intense weights session (chest, shoulders, triceps, and traps) was followed by a brief treadmill session.